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The World's Most (And Least) Powerful Passports In 2022. India is…

The strongest passports are held by South Korea, Japan and Singapore as the world struggles to recover from Covid-19. This is a reverse of the pre-pandemic dominance of European nations.

A Japanese passport provides hassle-free entry to 193 countries, one more than those from Singapore and South Korea, according to the latest Henley Passport Index from Henley & Partners, an immigration consultancy.

Russian travel documents rank 50th. They allow for easy access into 119 countries. China ranked at 69th, with easy access to 80 nations, India at 87th, and Afghanistan’s passport at 27th. 

“The recovery and reclamation of our travel freedoms, and our innate instinct to move and migrate, will take time,” Henley & Partners Chairman Christian Kaelin said in a statement.

According to the index, 2017 was the lone year that Asian countries were not included in the top ten most accepted passports. The dominance of Europe has been gradually eroded, and Germany trails South Korea. With access to 187 nations, the UK comes in sixth, and the US ranks seventh, according to the latest rankings.